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  1. 3 points
    There is no connection to the seven state fireball event seen in New Jersey and this sandpit. That bollide began just south of the State of New Jersey just off the coast of Maryland heading nearly due south and terminated further over the ocean off of the Virginia coast. Finding a worn down sandpit dug the day before above the tide line with somebody's cool rock find in it is hardly worth reporting. See: https://www.amsmeteors.org/members/imo_view/event/2019/31 Of course, if there were an astronaut in it, then it is a different story. billpeters
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    Most of the craters on beaches are caused by objects falling from space. I once found an astronaut in a crater at Santa Monica beach who fell to Earth after his tether broke while doing EVA on the International Space Station . Fortunately, he was alright. Cheers! billpeters
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    I have found specimens of similar gold in magnetite/hematite in the Holcomb Valley near Big Bear California. Van Dusen Canyon in that area is named after Jed Van Dusen, a blacksmith- turned-gold miner during the Big Bear Gold Rush of the 1860's. Claiming that the black sand from Holcomb Valley could be smelted into high grade steel, he urged the miners to sell him their concentrates, from which he secretly extracted the gold. Van Dusen became rich. Nobody knew how or where he got his gold, and when he died there was a great effort put forth to find "Van Dusen's Mine." Since there was no "mine," none was found. Thus the legend developed of "Van Dusen's LOST Mine." BTW nice find! HH Jim
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    Did you guys read the article? This new law is meant to reduce the overall number of animals that end up dying in shelters. It's also meant to discourage despicable people who attempt to make a living off of breeding dogs and cats. It specifically targets pet stores selling animals from 'puppy mills'. Not private sales. I think it's a good thing.
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    Hey Bro, Have a happy day for yourself today and lift one for me Too. Old Tom
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    ...because when a fast object moving at an angle plows into sandy ground it always stops daid and kicks out a 360 degree sand rim.. Swamp
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    For the best barbecue in the galaxy, one needs to get their hands on some anthracite meteorite. The taste is out of this world No matter what you put on the grill, comes out great every time.
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    I was trying to figure out if this is chrysocolla are gem silica? I got some big pieces of it in Wyoming, dark green and almost missed it. I rough cut a small block and lightly sanded 1 side.
  9. 1 point
    Wow, "gold fever" is a real thing. I got back about 4pm, after finding my first nugget, and I swear, my hands are still a little shaky. I have been out every day weather would allow, swinging slowly away with the Equinox, and today was the day my coil and a small nugget converged! It weighs in at .25 gram, but it might as well be a pound, for as excited as I am! I was running in Gold 1, sensitivity at 19, Iron Bias 0, Ground Tracking on, and threshold adjusted for my lousy hearing. The target flickered at -8/-9, but I scuffed the small rocks away with my boot, and got a solid 1 on the TDI. I've quite a few bullets, and enough #8 shot for a couple boxes worth of trap loads, but somehow, in a way I can't put into words, this one sounded "different". I got it out of the ground no problem, but I didn't think it was gold, at first. It was caked in brown dirt, and I thought it was a tiny piece of rusty iron. A few quick scrubs, and I knew it was gold! I have to admit, the first thing I did was look around, to see if there was anybody watching. I don't know what I expected, out in the middle of BLM nowhere, but I suddenly pictured every expert, with a high dollar detector to come speeding in, jump out of the truck, and clean off the hillside. I hunted for another half hour, but had to bail back to town before dark. Tomorrow, that hillside will be beaten within an inch of it's life. Question for the experts, does the fact that the nugget looks rough, with Quartz on it mean that it might not have come from far away? The hillside I found it on is open desert for a hundred yards uphill, where there is an outcropping of bedrock. Google maps shows a pretty clear, but small flood channel right from there, to within a few feet of where I found the nugget. I plan to follow that uphill, for lack of a better plan. Any input would be of great help! Huge thanks to Bill Southern. I called and chatted with him tonight, to thank him for the excellent video series. I am a self-teaching kind of guy, and the internet is my classroom. I used a ton of tips from Bill's videos to get to this first small find. I believe I will go crack a cold one, and de-jangle my nerves a little. Regards, Kyle
  10. 1 point
    Tom asked for some close shots of the Magnetite/Gold specimen from last week so here ya go...
  11. 1 point
    Gold cube works very well to make a smaller consentrate. Then use quicksilver for amalgamation in just a few minutes. Forget panning
  12. 1 point
    Mesh screen your material....
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    Fisher Gold Bug II
  14. 1 point
    You may need a dozer or excavator to take the first few feet of dirt off and detect. You'd probably need an excavator to dig that deep anyway.
  15. 1 point
    3 to 12 feet more or less....they better be huge nuggets!!! I don't think what you need exists... fred
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    Correct. The object would leave no crater at all. Only an imprint in the sand roughly equivalent of a hailstone of that size. A crater is not caused by an impactor. It is caused by the pressure wave in front of it. An object of that size would not leave a crater unless it exploded on impact. We could very well have the first exploding anthracite meteorite here.
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    Carbonaceous chondrites are much lighter then the other types of meteorites so they wouldn't have as much energy behind them. That crater doesn't look like it's man-made either.
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    Hi Rob The people that I have sold to have all used a Velcro strap around the handle or body to keep the strain off of the 1/8” jack. All bets are off on that occasional fall that some of us experience. LOL Have a good day, Chet
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    Mmmmm… Molten stew. I like mine tangy with just enough sulphuric acid to get some electrolysis going. Served with a big helping of frost heave and a side of deflation. What a lunch!
  20. 1 point
    Hey Chet, That is an outstanding price for an adapter. I'm just figuring what others charge for headphone adapters. Minelab's Equinox is like $40+, the SDC is like $95 .... This could be a great alternative so the customers have their choice on what headphones they like (1/4 jack ones) and use your adapter. Question - Adapters like to move around due to the weight of the headphone cord and always swinging the detector side-to-side. Do you think the adapter could potentially wear out the headphone jack on the detector due to this? There were issues with the early adapters on the SDC, so I'm just giving you a heads up.
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    Plumas-Eureka State Park Hope you enjoy this short video I filmed at the park this winter, Jeff The historic mining area includes a museum in the miner's bunkhouse, the Mohawk Stamp Mill, Bushman five-stamp mill, stables, a blacksmith shop, and the Assay office. Located in Plumas County, California, USA
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    Not sure if Crystalle in Laguna Beach does or not.
  26. 1 point
    PM Eldorado if you want to slab it and don't have the equipment. He has slabbed many many specimens. He makes great jewelry from them as well.
  27. 1 point
    I'd either sell it whole or cut it into slabs and polish the quartz. Might look cool inside? Probably worth more as a speci.
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    R.D. I don't know when your imagery date was but now the latest one is 7-14-2018 and four hundred yards in front of the SIL's house I can walk all the way to the next ridge. A little wet because at 400 yards is a natural spring that runs all year. Anyone that want's to see how NOT to leave a dug hole take a look at this: 14°34'37.07" S 48°57'47.34" W Elev. 1584 NW-SE it's 545 ft of digs. Twenty years ago when I first got here it was already there but in the mean time it gets deeper and moved around about every time a new Minelab detector comes out. At one point the North side was about 12 Ft. deep. That red dirt is the hottest dirt I've ever run into. Several years ago on the So. end was a mud hole with water where they had been driving throuigh. The water was about four feet in diameter so I was using a DD coil and I passed it over the water and got a really good signal, thinking I had a bolt from a dozer I waded in and dug about an inch down in the mud and out came a 33 gram nugget, no embeded rocks, just gold. The good news now is I was told yesterday that someone is filling in the hole and their finding more nuggets. Gotta visit that hole again next week.
  30. 1 point
    Some more from the 5Ozt patch ... Cheers, Unc
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    Glory days! This was from a 20' x 50' patch in an area of hot gray basalt ... A very "non-gold" looking spot... The little flat round nugget was the "indicator" I found first with my GB2 and the rest were found nearby with my old' Baboo SD2100 & NF 14" fibreglass mono coil... I found a total of about 5 ozt. in the patch ... Cheers, Unc
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    Happy Birthday and the bestest of wishes!
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